A Boy and His Tiger

A Boy and His Tiger

I was honored to be asked to contribute this piece to San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum‘s themed original art fundraising auction, A Boy & His Tiger: A Tribute to Bill Watterson. Proceeds from the auction will support the Cartoon Art Museum’s operations and public programming at 781 Beach Street in San Francisco.

The Auction for my piece is now LIVE! You can bid on it here:


My goal with this piece was to create something that celebrates the joys of being a cartoonist, as well as creativity in general. Calvin is always creating, and this concept allowed me to include some of the characters from his fertile imagination. The Cartoon Art Museum runs cartooning classes for kids, and hosts meetups and events for cartoonists and lovers of cartoons.

The Cartoon Art Museum’s fundraising auction features original artwork from many top graphic novelists, animators, and cartoonists. The work (including mine, above) is now on display at the museum, so please stop by and be awed, as I think this is the first time my work has ever been exhibited in a museum!

Here is a link to the full catalog at Heritage Auctions:


A Boy and His Tiger
A Boy and His Tiger: A Tribute to Bill Watterson
by Chuck Whelon, in support of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum
A Boy and His Tiger: A Tribute to Bill Watterson
Cover image by Patrick McDonnell, creator of “Mutts”.

About the author

I am an internationally published author and cartoonist. I am the creator, artist and writer of "Pewfell", a semi-autobiographical, epic fantasy sit-com that began it’s life on the interweb back in the early 2000’s.

I have created a large number of children's puzzle and activity books for various publishers, I also designed and illustrated the comic boardgame "Legitimacy" published by Minion Games, and have illustrated a number of other boardgames for Minion.

I am also known as the cartoonist for Goodman Game's 'Dungeon Crawl Classics' Role Playing Game. I am also the author of a puzzle book for kids called 'Wizard Pickles'--if you would like to publish it, let me know!

In my previous life, Chuck worked as an art director in the advertising world but I promises that I won’t do it again.

I was born and raised near the Basingstoke roundabout, but now live in San Francisco, CA.